March 5, 2009

One offer extended at junior day?

Zac Epping, considered one of the top in-state prospects in the 2010 class, returned home from Wisconsin's junior day last Sunday without a scholarship offer on the table from the Badgers.

It came as a surprise that not one of the 32 juniors in attendance were offered at the first of two scheduled events after three scholarships were extended the previous year.

In an interesting turn of events, however, one in-state prospect may have received an offer no one had expected.

Wednesday night, caught up with Epping, a 6-foot-3, 274-pound defensive tackle to discuss his visit to Madison and the surprise offer extended last Sunday.

"The trip to Wisconsin was great," said the Kenosha (Wis.) Tremper prospect. "I had the chance to sit down with Coach (Bret) Bielema in office and talk about the process. He told me that he wants me to be part of the Badger family, but since there are limited scholarships they want to see me at camp first."

Another top prospect in attendance, according to Epping, was able to snag the first in-state offer last Sunday.

"Konrad Zagzebski got an offer," Epping said. "We are pretty good friends. He sent me a message on Facebook and told me that Wisconsin offered him a scholarship."

Zagzebski, who committed to Minnesota in late January, is coming off a serious knee injury suffered in the latter stages of his junior season.

With an early verbal from Zagzebski and a scholarship offer already in hand from Minnesota, it seems as though Tim Brewster and the Gophers hold an early lead with Epping, as well.

"I really like Minnesota," Epping said. "The coaching staff and the new stadium are awesome. I would like the chance to check out Western Michigan. I haven't been there yet, but the coaching staff is extremely involved in my recruitment."

One school showing a growing interest in Epping is UCLA. The Bruins have come on strong as of late and Epping plans on seeing the program firsthand this weekend.

"I'm flying to out to visit UCLA tomorrow (Thursday)," he said. "I'm excited to see the campus. I've heard some really great things about the program."

Epping currently holds scholarship offers from Minnesota and Western Michigan. As a junior he recorded 99 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and six sacks.

It is believed Wisconsin will have 15 or 16 scholarships available for the 2010 class.

Attempts to reach Zagzebski for this article were unsuccessful

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